November 5, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Housing Opportunities Commission Told to Open Committee Meetings to Public

The Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board ruled Nov. 2 that the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County is subject to the open meetings act and that the commissioners have violated it by not opening committee meetings to the public. The state board detailed that the HOC, which is a public body created by state law, […]

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August 17, 2020 | Michelle Queen

County Short-Term COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Opens Tuesday

Montgomery County’s rental assistance program, administered by the Housing Opportunities Commission, will accept applications starting Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. and continuing through Monday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. The program is funded through the CARES Act to provide low-income households with assistance for up to three months to avoid eviction. 📢 Applications will […]

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May 27, 2020 | Staff Writer

Short Term Rental Assistance Program Available

Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program aims to assist tenants who meet eligibility requirements. The program administered by the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC) will accept applications with supporting documents beginning Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. until Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Applications will be reviewed using a random selection method […]

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May 27, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Asistencia para Pagar el Alquiler en Montgomery debido al COVID-19

El Condado de Montgomery da a conocer detalles sobre el programa de asistencia para pagar el alquiler durante la pandemia COVID-19, para inquilinos que cumplan con los requisitos, y exhorta a quienes califiquen a someter la solicitud durante el periodo establecido. La ComisiĂłn de Oportunidades para Vivienda del Condado de Montgomery (HOC por sus siglas […]

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November 19, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

More Affordable Housing and Community Resources to Come in Silver Spring

Officials with the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County say there’s more development to come, and it will offer affordable housing and more resources for the local community. The new Elizabeth Square located on Fenwick Lane in Silver Spring will include the newly renovated Alexander House and future South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center. […]

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January 10, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Elrich: Housing Commission Needs to Work with Community over Graves

County Executive Marc Elrich had his first meeting with reporters Thursday. One of the topics that came up was the African cemetery under an apartment complex owned by the Housing Opportunities Commission. Four people were arrested Wednesday at an HOC meeting, protesting the commission’s lack of action to preserve the graves. Here’s what Elrich said […]

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January 9, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Four Arrested Protesting HOC’s Lack of Action on African Cemetery

Four people were arrested for disorderly conduct Wednesday night after a meeting of the Housing Opportunities Commission in Kensington. They were part of a group of about 30 people who came to urge the HOC to convey its Westwood Towers property in Bethesda to the Macedonia Baptist Church, which can properly care for the hundreds […]

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February 26, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Berliner Asks HOC to Restore Cemetery in Tobytown to a “Dignified State” (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner is asking the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) to restore a cemetery in Tobytown “to a dignified state and to develop a plan for its on-going maintenance.” In a letter to HOC Director Stacy Spann, dated Feb. 23, Berliner notes that the Council recently watched a video about Tobytown and […]

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February 14, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Dozens Rally at Macedonia Baptist Church About Historic Burial Site in Bethesda (VIDEO)

Montgomery County police officers stopped traffic on River Road in Bethesda on Sunday afternoon so dozens of protesters who gathered at Macedonia Baptist Church could march across the road to a property the demonstrators say is the site of a historic African-American burial ground. The protesters carried signs that read, “Black Lives Matter,” “Black History […]

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May 11, 2016 | Staff Writer

HOC Welcomes New Commissioner, Pamela Byrd (PHOTO)

The Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County has a new commissioner. Pamela Byrd was appointed as a commissioner to the agency in April 2016. “Pamela Byrd is an excellent addition to the Commission and we are grateful to have her expertise and experience,”  HOC Chair Sally Roman said. “I thank County Executive Ike Leggett and […]

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